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Residential JD Program

Earn Your JD Law Degree At Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The Juris Doctor, or JD program, at Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers a rich variety of courses, concentration areas, clinical programs, and Law Centers and Fellowships. Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on experiential learning to ensure you’re prepared for your law career upon graduation.

Our JD program provides students with an essential foundation for exploring a career in private practice, public interest, government, litigation, corporate law, and more. Whatever your law career goal, we’ll help you design a path to success.

Learn In The Classroom, In The Courtroom, And On Real Legal Cases.

In the classroom, you’ll study the foundations of the American legal system with experienced teachers who have practiced or researched extensively in the subjects they teach.

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on courtroom experience, work with real clients, perform pro bono and community-service work, by participating in clinics and internships.

You may choose to study law abroad in France as part of our Nice Summer Law Program or join our competition teams.

Top students may earn the privilege of working on the TJSL Law Review, an academic journal that has been continually published for more than 50 years, or complete as part of a team against other law schools in Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution competitions. Learn more about our organizations and teams.

A Law Degree That Fits Your Needs

Classes are held on-campus with live, in-person instruction with opportunities for some online coursework after the first year.

Looking for more class scheduling flexibility? Our online JD program is perfect for those looking to earn their law degree online.

Admissions & Application Information

The application process to TJSL’s JD program is simple and free. From eligibility, to application status, to important dates and deadlines, get all the information you need to be successful on our JD application information page. Our Admissions staff is standing by to help you. Contact us at if you need help at any point in the application process.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution by their first day of classes at TJSL. Applicants must submit an LSAT or GRE score.

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Our curriculum at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides the foundation you need for a successful legal career. It includes required classes covering each subject tested on the California Bar Exam, as well as experiential learning opportunities.

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge And Understanding Of Substantive And Procedural Law
  • Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Legal Research
  • Written and Oral Legal Communication
  • Exercise Of Proper Professional And Ethical Responsibilities To Clients And The Legal System
  • Other Professional Skills Needed For Competent And Ethical Participation As A Member Of The Legal Profession

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Your Law Degree Starts Here

A law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law is just the beginning. Join our more than 7,000 alumni and pursue your JD degree at one of the in San Diego, California.

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Accreditation Information

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be licensed to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek licensure to practice law outside of California at any time during their career should contact the admitting authority for information regarding its education and licensure requirements prior to enrolling at this law school.

Committee of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of California 180 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105-1639, (415) 538-2000

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

In compliance with California B&P Code Section 6061.7(a), Thomas Jefferson School of Law provides the following information about its JD program: 2024 Annual Disclosure.